Big Pine Mountain is the highest peak in Santa Barbara County and is one of the most remote places in the backcountry. It is on the Sierra Club's 100 peaks list. The area was severely burned during the Zaca Fire but is slowly recovering. A great multi-day backpacking destination.
Jim Blakley Notes
Elevation: 6828 ft. The mountain is located on the San Rafael Mountain ridge. It is the highest mountain in Santa Barbara County. The top is rounded with a covering of ponderosa pine trees. In a pile of sandstone rocks on the right hand side of an old jeep road the Sierra Club Peaks Section has a sign in registry in a large tin can. This road used to climb and run east along the top of the mountain.
Sierra Club Hundred Peaks Section Notes
Named for the stately mature trees (yellow pine, spruce and Douglas Fir) that densely cover this peak. Believed by many to be one of the most inviting spots in the Los Padres National Forest. First noted by USGS in 1929. The peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List.